February 27, 2001 (BOSTON) -- Everybody wants a piece of James “Whitey” Bulger’s lottery winnings.
The reputed Boston crime boss is missing, and his brothers and sisters are trying to collect the Mass Millions jackpot. The U.S. Attorney’s Office says the money should go to the government as a substitute for Bulger’s alleged profits from racketeering. And the families of three of his alleged victims are suing.
Olga Davis, whose daughter, Debra, disappeared almost 20 years ago, asked a judge Monday to put a lien on the money, while Marion Hussey, mother of Deborah Hussey, filed suit. Both young women were girlfriends of a Bulger lieutenant, Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi.
The family of Michael Milano filed a lawsuit last Friday seeking $14 million. A government informant has admitted gunning down the bartender in 1973, saying he was acting on Bulger’s orders and mistook him for his boss, the intended target, who owned a similar car.
Federal prosecutors held up payment of Bulger’s 1991 winnings for years, contending that he got the winning ticket by extortion. Bulger vanished in 1995 after being indicted on racketeering charges and is listed as a fugitive.